A Complete Guide to Carpet Installation


Carpet installation doesn’t come close to quantum physics. And with the right tools and patience, virtually anybody can complete this task with ease.

Step 1 - Take out the Old Carpet

Begin by detaching the mouldings around the floor or any other hindrance on the doorway so you can get it out easily. But before you pull it up, vacuum it thoroughly so you won’t be covered in dust once you lift it up. With a utility knife, divide the carpet into 18-24 inch-wide strips. Carefully withdraw the carpet from the tackless strips and roll it into sections.

Take off the old trackless strips and vacuum the floor once again to prepare it for installation. Grab this chance to assess the subfloor and secure any loose floorboards so that to prevent them from squeaking underneath the new carpet. You may use 1 1/2-inch screws to secure the into floor joists.

Mount a new batch of trackless strips all around the room’s perimeter, except on the doorways. Remember that the strips should be at least an inch away from the wall, and that the tacks are facing the wall. Make sure the tackless strips on the corners are pushed firmly against each other.

Step 2 - Place the Underpad

Lay the underpad across the strips that extend beyond the tackless stress. Press the strips firmly against each other, then fasten the underlay along the interior fringe of the tackless strop. Cut the extra underway alongside the strip and seal the ridges with a duct tape.

Step 3 – Allow the Carpet to Acclimatize

Air pressure and temperature fluctuation can cause the carpet to shorten and expand. If you’re moving a carpet in from a room with a significantly different temperature and air pressure, you’ll have to give it some to acclimatize. Installing it right away might cause it shrink and tug the tackless strips or expand and wrinkle with a bulge in the middle. Prevent any of these from happening by allowing the carpet to get used to the conditions of the room.

Step 4 - Cut the Carpet

For correct carpet installation, start with part that overlays the boarder of the floor by 4-6 inches. Trim the overlay to fit the carpet perfectly. Before you trim anything, get the measurement of the room’s longest side and add 6 inches to that. Use a chalk to mark that measurement on both edges of the underside of the carpet. Turn the side of the carpet where you will begin to trim and use a utility knife to cut through its reverse side. Don’t forget to place a scrap board beneath the cut line to prevent damage to the underlying carpet.

Step 5 - Seal the Seams

Simply follow steps 2 to 4 if the room is too wide that you need to lay down another carpet. Be cautious with getting the measurement and cutting the carpet to make the seams look less noticeable.

To ensure that the edges will completely meet, overlap the two carpet and cut through them using a sharp knife or a seam cutter. After cutting, put a section of seaming tape on the surface where the two pieces join (make sure the adhesive is side up). Stimulate the adhesive using a seaming iron (the iron should touch the tape and not the carpet), push the ends together and close the ridges with a carpet roller or a rolling pin.

Step 6 - Attach the New Carpet

To fasten the carpet into one edge, use a knee kicker, an 18-inch tool is made of solid metal. One end has teeth that can grip on a carpet and the other has padded butt. Grip 3 inches of the carpet with the toothed end and forcefully drive your knee against the padded end. Doing this will extend the carpet above the trackless strip, with the tacks grabbing the carpet and holding it safely into place.

Complete the process of attaching the floor using a carpet stretcher. This tool is like a knee kicker, only much longer. Position one end of the tool alongside the wall (the part of carpet already attached) and the other end 6 inches away from the wall. Let it grip on the carpet with its teeth, then push the activation level to extend the carpet above the trackless strip close to the far wall.

Continue stretching the new carpet using the steps above until all sides are secured into place, then trim the excess along the walls using a wall trimmer or a utility knife.

Step 7 – Polish Your Work

Tuck away the carpet into the space between the wall and the trackless strips with a stair tool. Then, clip the edge of the carpet situation on the doorway so that it aligns with the door when it is closed. Finish this up with a door edge strip. And finally, trim vent openings and put back the moulding on the baseboards.

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